Institutions of higher education continue to navigate increasing concerns about divisiveness on campus and in the broader society, as well as heightened student distrust of authorities and the status quo. Recent and ongoing debates, including access to public restrooms for Trans individuals, police violence and accountability, campus responses to gender-based and relationship violence, and the role of immigration in our society, among others, are playing out both publicly and privately in our communities and on our campuses.
Also, the current presidential campaign is likely to be a particularly divisive one that further strains efforts to create community and solidarity on our campuses. Through the campaign, issues such as race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and nationality have made clear the broad spectrum of opinions and attitudes that our students, faculty, and staff embody.
The 2017 Dalton Institute will explore these issues as colleges and universities strive to provide environments that develop and support students in this complex social milieu. Attendees and presenters may consider the following questions in preparation for the Institute. While not an exhaustive list, these questions may help to frame some of the challenges, and opportunities, facing our work in higher education today.
Read our Guiding Questions as your prepare a presentation, or simply as a point of reflection prior to joining us in February.